IITs Must Exempt From Reservation In Faculty Recruitments Suggests Government Panel; Check Details Here

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Dec 17, 2020

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A panel constituted by the Union Ministry of Education (MoE) has recently suggested that IITs must be exempted from reservations while recruiting the faculties. The mandate of the panel was to suggest measures for the effective implementation of reservations in admissions and recruitment processes.

However, the panel's report has not been released in the public domain but was obtained from the education ministry under the Right to Information Act (RTI). As per the member of the panel, an IIT director said that the report is expected to be presented in the next meeting of the IIT Council which will be held either at the end of this month or January 2021.

Earlier, when the parliamentary committee questioned the education ministry about the poor implementation of the reservation policy in the recruitment of faculties in IIT s and IIMs, the center then directed all the institutions including IITs and IIMs to follow the quota policy while recruiting faculties.

Thereafter, the education ministry set up a committee under the chairperson of the IIT Delhi director with other representatives from IITs across the country and the relevant ministers in April 2020. An exemption has also been sought by the IIMs for reservations in the recruitment.

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Existing Reservation Policy 

Education ministry shared data with the parliament which shows that till December 2018, IITs had reserved 149 seats for the ST and 21 for ST with the representation to the total strength of the faculty of around 8,856 in 23 IITs across India. Check the existing reservation policy below. 

Categories  Reservations quota 
SC 15% posts 
ST 7.5% posts 
OBC 27% posts 
EWS  10% posts 

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IIT- an Institute of Eminence 

IIT director, Ramgopal Rao who leads the panel suggested that exempting the IITs from the quotas in the recruitment of faculty and therefore including them in the schedule of a 2019 law that is applicable to research institutions, institutions of excellence (IoEs), and institutions of national and strategic importance.

Following this, reservations will be provided to specified grades of assistant professors, taking the institution as a whole and reports also suggest that if the candidates aren't available in the latter case, the vacant post will be de-reserved in the subsequent year.

IITs being recognized as an institute of national importance must be listed under the schedule of the CIE Act 2019, for the exemption from the reservations. This matter must be vested with the respective board of governors to deal with the board resolution, bylaws, and statutes.

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Ph.D. programmes Reservations

As per the reports by the panel, the following points have been notified. 

  • Since the IITs have a flexible faculty structure, there's no specified tier-wise faculty strength and all the recruitments are done based on the open advertisements. Therefore, this aspect of the selection procedure must be retained. 
  • The number of faculty appointments from the reserved categories is low since there are very few qualified candidates from Ph.D. programmes
  • Enrollment of the candidates from the reserved categories are less which needs to be addressed 
  • Due to the low enrollment numbers, the Ph.D. graduates from reserved categories and those who are interested in pursuing research/teaching as a career is low
  • Therefore, it becomes difficult to appoint candidates from the reserved category as faculty in IITs 

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Reactions to the Reports 

The Ambedkar Periyar Phule Study Circle at IIT Bombay has rejected the report and stated that the panel members have blatantly lied that IITs are following the reservation norms in all the academic levels of UG and PG. APPSC has also repeatedly highlighted the violation of the reservation norms taking place in IIT by filing RTIs.

The left-leaning Students Federation of India (SFI) has now demanded that the government rejects the IITs’ demand of including the reservation exempted institutes along with the selection process of Ph.D. getting modified.

After facing the criticism of the Reports, IIT Kanpur Director, Abhay Karandikar who was also a part of the panel stated that the detailed report consists of various recommendations that were formed by the committee which has people from DoPT, Empowerment, Ministry of Social Justice.

Further, Reservations is being followed for a very long time now and it’s high time for it to be implemented properly, he said.

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